The Artificial Hands Area of the BioRobotics Institute pursues research in mechatronics and human-machine interfaces with the goal of developing advanced robotic limbs to be used as thought-controlled prostheses.
Current research topics include: the (high-tech) observation of the human hand, the design of artificial sensory system; the design of artificial hands, digits, wrists and elbows, their transmission and artificial sensory system; the design of control architectures and intuitive control strategies; the use of biological signals for the physiological control of prehension; the development and clinical validation of bidirectional non-invasive (wearable) interfaces through novel assessment tools; the investigation and comparison of shared-control strategies between user and the prosthesis; the incorporation of sensory feedback strategies into one’s sensorimotor control.

The Artificial Hands Area spun out Prensilia, a company that develops and commercializes artificial hands worldwide, since 2009.
The Artificial Hands Area also includes the Human-Robot-Interaction Laboratory (HRI), and the REPAIR Lab (Rehabilitation Engineering and Prosthetics Applied Innovation & Research). The HRI Lab develops robust artificial tactile sensors, human-robot interaction, design of mechanisms for safe and efficient interaction between robot and human. The REPAIR Lab results from a collaboration with INAIL  Prosthetic Center. The objective is to bridge the engineering research and development with the rehabilitation activities conducted by physicians and therapists in direct contact with the patients.
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Principal Investigator 

Prof. Christian Cipriani

Recent Publications